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Baby Safe Haven Posted on Sep 30

Baby Safe Haven, a program offered by the Department of Children and Families (DCF), enables parents to surrender newborn infants they are unable to care for with an appropriate person at a designated facility. Parents will not face criminal prosecution as long as there are   …Continue Reading Baby Safe Haven

Adolescent Services in Massachusetts Posted on Sep 10

Adolescent Services in Massachusetts

Massachusetts is committed to providing services for the positive development and empowerment of its young people. That’s why the Adolescent Services Unit at the Department of Children and Families (DCF) supports youth 14 years old and older who have been moved from their homes to   …Continue Reading Adolescent Services in Massachusetts

Becoming a Foster Parent in Massachusetts Posted on Sep 2

Becoming a Foster Parent in Massachusetts

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) protects children in Massachusetts from abuse and neglect, and ensures they are able to grow in nurturing home environments. When notified of an unsuitable living situation, DCF may decide to remove a child from their home and take   …Continue Reading Becoming a Foster Parent in Massachusetts

Summer Meal Programs for Families in Need Posted on Jul 10

Summer Meal Programs for Families in Need

More than 229,170 Massachusetts children live in food-insecure households. Without school meals to depend on, food insecurity can rise as the summer approaches. Since 1968, the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) has provided food assistance for low-income families in Massachusetts. The program provides free, nutritious   …Continue Reading Summer Meal Programs for Families in Need

A Guide to Child Support in the Commonwealth Posted on Jun 24

A Guide to Child Support in the Commonwealth

Divorce or legal separation can put both emotional and financial strain on a family. When the parents of a child no longer live together, child support must be paid by one of the parents to ensure a child’s financial needs are met to facilitate growth,   …Continue Reading A Guide to Child Support in the Commonwealth

Saluting Heroes for Memorial Day 2014 in Massachusetts Posted on May 20

Saluting Heroes for Memorial Day 2014 in Massachusetts

First established as Decoration Day to observe the sacrifices of those who fought in the Civil War, Memorial Day has become a national holiday to commemorate all men and women who have served in the American military. While there are many ways to celebrate our   …Continue Reading Saluting Heroes for Memorial Day 2014 in Massachusetts

No Monkey Business: 8 Tips for Staying Safe on the Playground Posted on Apr 24

No Monkey Business: 8 Tips for Staying Safe on the Playground

Playgrounds provide children with a great opportunity for exercise, social interaction, and fun. Because children require at least 60 minutes of activity per day, it’s important to ensure these play-friendly spaces are safe. Each year, 76% of child injuries occur on public playgrounds. Luckily, most   …Continue Reading No Monkey Business: 8 Tips for Staying Safe on the Playground

It’s Worth (Considering) a Shot: National Infant Immunization Week Posted on Apr 10

It’s Worth (Considering) a Shot: National Infant Immunization Week

  Vaccinations contribute to disease prevention and play an important role in public health. In fact, infants and children who are immunized (protected from a disease by receiving a vaccine shot) before age two,  are defended against up to 14 preventable diseases for the rest   …Continue Reading It’s Worth (Considering) a Shot: National Infant Immunization Week

Making the Most of a Long-Awaited Massachusetts Spring Posted on Apr 8

Making the Most of a Long-Awaited Massachusetts Spring

It’s been a long winter, but soon the weather will warm up and we’ll be able to shed our coats and enjoy the spring season. With April Vacation Week  just around the corner, don’t miss a moment of spring’s sunshine by exploring all the activities   …Continue Reading Making the Most of a Long-Awaited Massachusetts Spring

Ten Tips for National Window Safety Week Posted on Apr 3

Ten Tips for National Window Safety Week

  The windows in our homes can serve many purposes. We often gaze through them to access the weather before going outside or open them up to let in a fresh breeze. Windows can even save our lives as an escape route during an emergency.   …Continue Reading Ten Tips for National Window Safety Week